'Pull it back': Nick Kyrgios doubles down over Novak Djokovic dig

26 Janvier, 2021, 23:06 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Rafael Nadal has hit out at Novak Djokovic who suggested through an open letter that the Australian Open organisers should ease the strict quarantine restrictions imposed on as many as 72 players who travelled to participate in the tournament.

"I think when he was doing some of the things he was doing during the global pandemic, it just wasn't the right time".

"No one else was really holding him (Djokovic) accountable". Everyone loses their way a little bit but I think he just needs to pull it back.

But his requests fell on deaf ears, while Australian media portrayed players as petulant and selfish and fellow star Nick Kyrgios called Djokovic a "tool".

While most players are undergoing a mandatory 14 days of quarantine in Melbourne, Nadal, Djokovic and other superstars of the game including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka jetted into Adelaide, where they are due to play an exhibition on Friday. "I'm surprised with Nadal and Thiem's silence".

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"Some of us do not have the need to want to advertise the calls we make to help the most disadvantaged players".

Kyrgios has now come out to clarify those comments, explaining to CNN that he feels Djokovic has to be held accountable by other top tennis players.

The World No.1 insisted he was not being "selfish, hard and ungrateful" in speaking out about quarantine conditions for players ahead of the Australian Open. "Where's the line? It's an ethical issue and everyone has their own opinion and they are all respectable". At the time of talking about "fair play" or equal conditions, people do not tend to complain about the position of those who are worse off than them.

"We all try to help each other", Spanish great Nadal told ESPN Tuesday from Adelaide, where he and Djokovic are quarantining ahead of the year's opening Grand Slam in Melbourne on 8 February.

They reportedly included moving players into private homes with tennis courts and getting them better meals.

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